UAE is helping to cement cultural and intellectual ties between peoples, says French writer

ABU DHABI: Paris-Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi has hosted French writer Jerome Ferrari, Professor of Philosophy at Lycee Louis Massignon – Abu Dhabi and winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, in its Literary Majlis. The salon touched on this year’s literary season in France, its main characteristics and advantages. The salon was attended by Dr. Fabien Chareix, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and Mr. Vital Rambaud, head of the PSUAD French Studies Department, as well as a host of young writers and PSUAD students.

Jerome Ferrari observed that the French literary season is a national event that celebrates the release of hundreds of new titles every year and is testimony to the vibrancy of French publishing. “The literary season is without a doubt a major highlight of French cultural life and generates tremendous enthusiasm in the media and among the public. Every year, no less than 600 titles are published during the rentree litteraire to the great delight of book lovers whether they enjoy detective, historical, or science fiction,” Mr. Ferrari said.

Mr. Ferrari observed that there are “over 10,000 publishers in France, including the Big Three, or Galligrasseuil for short (Gallimard, Grasset, and Editions du Seuil), and small regional and specialised publishers whose catalogues features over 50,000 titles each. There are another five thousand publishers who release less than 10 books per season.” He affirmed that the U.A.E. is helping to cement cultural and intellectual ties between peoples. He revealed his wish to write a novel about his stay in Abu Dhabi and the city’s international population and diverse cultural communities, its unique environment that he had never experienced elsewhere, as well as the U.A.E.’s unequalled blend of authentic heritage and modernity.

He said that his interest in teaching philosophy to high school seniors is rooted in his conviction that students at this stage enjoy the maturity, eagerness, and capacity for critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis. “At this point, students are young adults and need to think for themselves. Philosophy is taught as a methodology for thinking. I personally place the power of imagination as a foundation for exposure to everything else,” he observed.